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SEC Writer Makes "Bold" Prediction About Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide passes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome.

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide passes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Alabama's quarterback situation remains unsettled. The battle between Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts will continue into training camp.

Most people, fans and pundits alike, expect Tagovailoa to seize the job heading into his sophomore season. That would Hurts, a junior, out of luck and a potential transfer candidate.

Many have speculated this offseason that Hurts will ultimately leave Tuscaloosa. He wants to play quarterback and start somewhere, and if he can't do that at 'Bama, he can surely do it elsewhere.

Hurts would be a hot commodity on the transfer market. Plenty of schools would jump at the chance to land him.

One SEC writer isn't so sure Hurts leaves, however. Well, he doesn't think he will do it until 2019.

In his 18 bold predictions for the 2018 SEC season piece, 247Sports' Brad Crawford posits that Hurts won't beat out Tagovailoa, but will stay with the Tide and be used in different sub packages. Then, he'll play out his final season elsewhere as a grad transfer in 2019.

Guess what? The “biggest free agent in college football history” isn’t going anywhere just yet. He’ll play his junior season with the Crimson Tide, graduate, then be without restrictions his final year of eligibility should he choose to play at another program. Another year in Tuscaloosa will be beneficial for a guy who’s not yet a pro prospect under center. Tua Tagovailoa will start, but OC Mike Locksley will play Hurts in various packages, something Saban already alluded to earlier this spring.

Hurts never redshirted at Alabama, but he did enroll early in January 2016, so potentially he could graduate in three-and-a-half years. That would make him able to be a graduate transfer next spring.

This is a scenario not many have brought up regarding Hurts' future. Time will tell if it proves accurate.